We are very lucky to have support from some brilliant Barnsley organisations and local businesses, as well as from our wonderful members.

Just recently we have had donations from Smart Door Solutions, The Friendly Lodge of the Freemasons, long time BIADS’ supporter Sheila O’Carroll and our very own KIT club for former carers.

Lee and Di Steele from Smart Door Solutions visited our centre and presented us with the contents of a jar totalling £161.50 in donations by visitors to their box at Oakwell last season. We hope that we might be able to work with Smart Door Solutions in the future as their reasons for setting up were very similar to ours – kindred spirits. They have even said that we may be able to use their Oakwell box at some point during next season – watch this space!

Members of the Friendly Lodge of the Freemasons visited us recently and presented a cheque for £2,500 which came from the Yorkshire West Riding Province of their organisation. Barry Cooper, a long time member of BIADS came along with colleagues and asked Barry Walker to make the presentation on their behalf. Barry had just arrived for our singing group and was not expecting this to happen! Jean Blackburn and Sue Haughton were on hand as Trustees to accept the cheque and give thanks. The grant has been made to enable us to update some of our computers that are getting past their best. Thanks to the Freemasons for their ongoing support.

Sheila O’Carroll recently completed a challenge she set herself a few months ago – she ran 100 five kilometres in 100 days! In real ‘money’ that amounts to over 300 miles! To begin with Sheila saw this as a personal challenge but after completing a number of runs she decided to raise funds for BIADS. The original target set on Just Giving was £200 but this was quickly reached and passed and when Sheila came to our centre the total raised had reached £1,415 – we know there has been more added since her visit. We also know that many people support us and we are grateful for everyone’s efforts but wow, what an achievement for Sheila and a very welcome addition to our SOS appeal for carer support. London marathon next, Sheila?

Our KIT Club, which was set up many years ago for members to get involved after their caring responsibilities were over, also raise funds at their monthly meetings and recently donated £114 to our SOS appeal. Most of the members have had the support of Jacky or Lesley over the years so they know first hand just how important this service is. Many thanks to the KIT Club.